When the snow starts to fall and cover your driveway and walkways, itâ€™s important to know what your responsibilities are as a homeowner when it comes to maintaining your home and property this winter.
Driveways and Walkways
When it comes to shovelling snow, it is the homeowner or â€śoccupierâ€™sâ€ť responsibility to maintain their driveway and walkways on the property. Shovelling snow is not an easy chore, and for some homeowners it can get pushed to the bottom of the â€śto doâ€ť list. Letâ€™s face it, working outside in -15 degree weather isnâ€™t the most glamorous household chore. Despite this, itâ€™s incredibly important that homeowners make it a priority. There are many reasons why and below are a few:
Slip & Fall Injuries
If somebody slips and falls on your property, you may be liable for their injuries. Whether itâ€™s someone delivering a package, a door-to-door salesperson seeking a moment of your time, or a friend stopping in for a visit, anyone using your driveway and walkways could become a victim of a slip and fall injury if your property is not maintained.
In the eyes of the law, homeowners are responsible for keeping their property â€śreasonably safeâ€ť for visitors. If a visitor slips and falls on your property and decides to seek compensation for their injuries, they would need to prove that your property was not kept â€śreasonably safe.â€ť For example. If there is a big snowstorm on Sunday and someone slips and falls on your property on Tuesday (and thereâ€™s been no sign of winter maintenance for two days) it could be strongly argued that you, the homeowner, did not keep your property â€śreasonably safeâ€ť and are therefore at fault for the injuries your visitor has sustained.
Where to Focus
Maintaining your property this winter will not only keep you, your family and your visitors safe, it will also help ensure that you are not held liable for any injuries that might take place around your home. To help you keep on top of your winter maintenance to do list, here are a couple important areas of your home and property to focus on this winter:
Stairs are one of the most common places for slip and fall injuries to occur. When weather conditions are bad, your stairs can quickly become covered with snow and ice. Remember to salt and shovel your stairs often throughout the winter to ensure none of your guests, visitors or family members experience a slip and fall injury.
Walkways, Driveways and Parking Areas:
The walkway leading from the sidewalk to your front door and in driveways and parking areas are some of the most heavily-trafficked areas of your property. As such, itâ€™s critical to keep these areas clear from snow and ice during the winter. Like the stairs on your front porch, these areas should be areas you focus on first and foremost. Shovel and salt your walkway, driveways and parking areas often to ensure your guests stay safe.
Contact Harrison Pensa
Even though you may be a responsible homeowner who is diligent with the winter maintenance of your home and property, there are some homeowners out there who fail to keep their property â€śreasonably safe.â€ť In the unfortunate event that you experience a slip and fall injury on someone elseâ€™s property due to the negligence of the homeowner, your best course of action to pursue compensation is to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. At Harrison Pensa, our professional and knowledgeable team can help build your case and get you the compensation you deserve.